Australian Country Homes

Ode to Africa

With the 20/20 vision of hindsight, Julie McIntosh says she became a safari operator out of “pure naivety”. The South African-born founder and director of Sydney-based The Classic Safari Company led a peripatetic childhood, joining her parents as they escaped the social strictures of apartheid to Brazil and the US, returning to South Africa for boarding school and finally studying business management at university in Brisbane in the ’80s.

Her fate as a perennial adventure traveller was sealed when she spent a year as the president of an international business students group organising cultural-exchange programs. “Of course that involved a lot of

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